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Germany Establishes Advisory Body to Strengthen Anti-nazi Education

A 12-man commission of scholars and educators was established by the West German Government here today to advise the states in the Federal Republic about increasing and improving civic education, so that the pupils in the German schools may know more about the anti-democratic and anti-Semitic policies and practices of the Nazi regime.

The commission was set up in accordance with plans proposed in Parliament last spring by Dr. Gerhard Schroeder, Federal Minister of Education. He proposed the plan as a result of the outbreak of swastika-smearings and anti-Semitic sloganeering that spread throughout the country last winter. Prof. Max Horbheimer, prominent Jewish-German social scientist, is a member of the commission.

The plan is for the commission to advise the states on methods of teaching pupils in civics and history courses in such a way that they would understand the unsocial nature of Nazism. The Federal Government itself does not control the educational systems in the states, Jurisdiction in that respect being reserved, constitutionally, to the state governments.

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